Rosewood Buttons on Lever Caps

Two No. 18 Block Planes with Knuckle-Joint Lever Caps from the Stanley model Shop

By the 1890’s, Stanley Rule & Level Company had become an industrial juggernaut.  They proudly boasted in their pocket catalogs that they had sold 1.2million Bailey planes.  Their 1895 pocket catalog boasted sales of 2.2 million Bailey planes.  “The Rule & Level became by 1900 the largest maker of planes and related tools in the […]

Variations on Stanley’s Corner Rounding Planes from The Model Shop

Stanley Table Joint Planes

Stanley introduced the #144 corner rounding plane in 1925.  They advertised these planes as “designed for rounding corners on wall board battens, casings, shelving, etc.”¹ The design patent, #68,402 for this plane was granted to Edmund Schade on October 6, 1925.  When doing tool research and looking at patents we’re usually looking at what are […]

A Bit of Whimsy from the Model Shop

Nickel Plated Tonguing and Beading Plane from Stanley Model Shop

Shortly after the Civil War and well into the first three decades of the 20th century beadboard was a popular finish in many homes.  It was used as a full or partial wall covering in back hallways, pantries, kitchens, bathrooms, and many of us can remember it in our old classrooms at school.  It also […]

Joseph Fuller Bench Planes

Side view of a Jo Fuller D1 jointer.

  Joseph Fuller (b. 1746 – d. 1822) was one of the most important American planemakers during the later 1700’s through the early 1800’s. He was making and selling planes as early as 1773 in Providence, RI, and died there in 1822. (1) He seems to have been quite successful in his trade and produced […]

Stanley’s #75 Bull Nose Rabbet Planes from the Model Shop

Stanley #75 Bull Nose Rabbet Planes

Since my last post was on the topic of bull nose planes from the Stanley model shop, I thought  we would take a look at this smallest version of the bull nose rabbet plane manufactured by Stanley, the #75.  Stanley started making these planes in 1879 and made them until 1983 in the United States. […]

Justus Traut’s Bull-Nose Plane

Traut's Bull Nose Block Plane,980x550

Before I tell you about it, let’s put this bull-nose plane from the Stanley Model Shop in its proper historical context by delving a bit into 19th century industrial history.  In the second half of the 19th century the “inside contracting” system became very popular in American factories.  Under the “inside contracting” system, a company’s […]

The 46th Brown International Antique Tool Auction by John Wells

IMG_980x550 Ohio Tool Co. Center Wheel Plow

Held on Saturday, March 28th, 2015, this was the second Brown International Antique Tool auction that was managed and put on by its new owner Jim Gehring.  Jim and his very able crew are now old timers and ready to roll out the goods with the best of them.  Thanks to Cami Foley for all […]

Stanley Model Shop Beech and Rosewood Wood Bottom Planes

Model Shop Wood Bottom Planes with Rosewood Soles

Before we get back to the some more interesting planes from the Stanley Model Shop I thought you might want to know a bit more about the Model Shop.   Clarence Blanchard wrote an interesting article about the Model Shop in the 2000 Fall issue of The Fine Tool Journal, Volume 50, Number 2, pages […]

From the Stanley Model Shop – Charles Miller’s Tonguing and Grooving Planes

980x550 Miller's Patent Tongue and Groove Plane

Continuing with the theme of tools from the Stanley Model Shop, here’s one of my favorites.  This plane was designed and patented by Charles Miller.  Not a lot is known about Charles Miller, but Don Bosse of Oakdale, Minnesota, has been researching Mr. Miller and his tools for years and has promised to put all […]

Traut’s Patent Hollow and Round Plane

IMG 980x550 Three Versions of Traut's Hollow and Round Planes

In my last post I described a nice little curved bottom block plane made by Justus Traut that dated from 1897-1902.  We know that Traut spent a lot of time thinking about hollow and round bottom planes and put considerable effort into developing a metal alternative to the wooden hollow and round planes that were […]